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Descendants of Ralph Monroe Stafford


Generation No. 4


4. JACK LEROY4 STAFFORD (JOHN RALPH3, JAMES BALLARD2, RALPH MONROE1) was born April 21, 1906 in Platt County, MO1, and died March 23, 1967 in Aurora, CO1. He married (1) HAZEL PEARSON. She died Abt. 1972 in Denver. He married (2) MABLE MARGARET COLLINS August 26, 1926 in Savannah, MO, daughter of HORACE COLLINS and OTTILIE HABLUETZEL. She was born August 07, 1907 in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO2, and died September 15, 1983 in Westminster, CO2.

Notes for J
ACK LEROY STAFFORD:
Jack was born Lee Roy, but when in 1941, he had to get a birth certificate to continue working at Swift & Co., a war essential industry, he found that all records of his birth had been destroyed in a fire. In the process of getting affidavites to establish his certificate, he decided to change his name to Jack Leroy. He had always been known as "Jack" and he detested the names Lee Roy, thinking that they sounded sissy-ish.

As a child, Jack was very close to his younger sisters, Hazel and Rosemary. On the "Homeplace" outside of Dearborn, MO they used to play long hours of "Cowboys and Indians." He delighted in dressing up as an Indian and scaring his sisters. Hazel told me (Ottilie Stafford Seeber) many stories of their adventures. The "Homeplace" set high on a hill from which they could see in all directions. Down the hill in front of their house set a field and a grove of trees. It was in this setting that many of their games and imaginary happenings took place. Often their mother would pack their lunch and their play would last most of the day.

Jack began driving the family automobile, a Pierce Arrow, at the age of 9. His older brothers were at work in the fields, so his father picked him to drive him as he supervised or made runs to town. John Ralph, his father, sat in the back seat directly in back of Jack. If he made a wrong turn or other sin, John Ralph would pinch Jack. As an adult, nothing made him madder than being pinched. John Ralph was very strict with his boys. Jack told me of a time when he, his father and brother, George, were walking along the street in Dearborn, one boy on each side of their father. As a lady approached them, John Ralph tipped his hat to her, but the boys just said, "Hello." Walking down the street a little farther, John Ralph grabbed the neck of each boy and banged their heads together, knocking their hats to the ground. "Next time you meet a lady, boys, tip your hats!" I never saw my father fail to tip his hat to a lady.

Aunt Hazel, however, had very different memories of her father. She had trouble believing that he was so harsh with Jack. She remembered their father as a loving, gentle man. Perhaps the difference was that she was a girl.

Another story Jack told me: His father died when he was 13 and on the day of his funeral, Jack was all dressed for the services and waiting out in the yard of their Sparta Road home outside St. Joseph, Mo where the family was then residing. He whistled as he walked around. His Aunt Mary, his mother's sister, heard him and came out to admonish him, reminding him that this was a very sad day. Dad said that he did not think of it as sad, because he really didn't like his father. I always felt that this was so sad.

Jack was 6'3" tall, a big man for his day. In high school, he played basketball and continued to play after graduation with community teams and semi-pro teams. Some of my earliest memories are of going to games in the surrounding towns, Maryville, Savanaugh, etc. If we lost we had a leisurely exit from town, but if we won, we left in a big hurry, because the townspeople could be very upset and sometimes, downright unfriendly!

Jack always dreamed of having his own business. He was working at Swift and Co. in St. Joe when I was born in 1927. He decided that he would build a Service Station on some frontage property on Grandma Stafford's land. The road that ran in front of this land was the paved highway to Kansas City and was heavily traveled (for that day.) Automobiles were still somewhat of a novelty and he reasoned that as a gasoline merchant and repair man he would make his fortune. So he erected a cement block building which not only served the business, but housed us as well. The first floor had a room big enough to hold a lunch counter (from which my mother dispensed sandwiches, soda, ice cream and the like), a cash register, shelves to display merchandise, a sitting area as well as a tiny separate kitchen in the back. In this little space, a collapsible ladder could be pulled down from the ceiling, up which we ascended each night to our bedroom. No bath, but a path to the privy. Outside was a rack onto which cars could be driven and hoisted up so that Dad could work underneath an auto standing up.

The only problem with this enterprize was that Jack was not a business man. He was very prone to extent credit to his friends and neighbors and often they did not pay him on time or at all. He simply couldn't bring himself to demand payment. The upshot was that he had to go back to work at Swift & Co. leaving mother to run the business during the day. These two continued in this way for a time, during which he and his brothers were building a little "Garage House" on the property behind and up the hill from the Station.



Notes for H
AZEL PEARSON:
No relationship to any of Jack Leroy and Mable Collins Stafford's descendants.

More About J
ACK STAFFORD and MABLE COLLINS:
Divorce: February 13, 1964, District Court, Arapahoe County, CO
Marriage: August 26, 1926, Savannah, MO
Marriage Fact: August 26, 1926, in Savannah, MO
     
Child of J
ACK STAFFORD and MABLE COLLINS is:
  i.   OTTILIE MARIE5 STAFFORD, b. June 03, 1927, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO; m. MR. ROBERT RICE SEEBER3, June 11, 1948, Denver, CO -University Methodist Church; b. March 03, 1926, Omaha, NE to Eva Marie Grandsinger & Hilbert Gran.
  Notes for OTTILIE MARIE STAFFORD:
I am the compiler of some of the information found in this family tree. All of the Collins, Reynolds, Habluetzel, Hofmann lines back to 849 were researched by my mother's twin sister, Maudie Marie Collins Boyle, over many years of her life. She sent me copies of much of her work which I have preserved in loose leaf notebooks.

  More About OTTILIE MARIE STAFFORD:
Christening: Abt. 1927, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO
Degree: 1949, BA - University of Denver, Denver, CO
Education: Bet. 1945 - 1949, BA - University of Denver, Denver, CO
Graduation: June 1949, University of Denver, Denver, CO
Namesake: Named after maternal grandmother
Nationality: English, Swiss, Irish, German
Occupation: Bet. 1966 - 1984, Teacher, Boulder Valley School District
Property: Bet. 1950 - 1956, 3855 Kendall, Wheat Ridge, CO
Religion: United Methodist
Residence: Bet. 2001 - 2005, Broomfield, Broomfield County, CO
Retirement: 1983, Teacher, Boulder Valley School District
Will: In Box at Wells Fargo Bank, Broomfield, CO

  Notes for MR. ROBERT RICE SEEBER:
In July of 1926, Robert (Bob) was adopted from the Nebraska Foundling Home (now the Nebraska Children's Home Society) by Robert Harlan Seeber and Carrie Louise Seeber. These adoptive parents were wonderful to Bob and while he was always aware that he was adopted, he had no desire to seek his birth parents.
As time went on, however, and Bob had children and grandchildren, his feelings changed. He wrote asking the help of the above mentioned home to simply see if he could get any medical and ethnic history. Carrie Seeber died in 1987 and Robert Harlan in 1993. On his death bed, Robert Harlan told Bob that he was part American Indian. On his adoption paper, Bob noted that he had been given a name by his parent/s...Hilbert Grandsinger. He sent this information to the Home and eventually his case worker, Rebecca Crofoot, located his mother. Next a cousin was located who was willing to talk with Bob. Marvin Grandsinger, living in Texas, gave him more insight into his background and when Marvin was contacted by another cousin, Jack Davey, concerning a family reunion, he told Jack of Bob's existence. From there all the doors opened. At this writing, 6/25/97, Bob's family is looking forward to going to the reunion in Valentine, NE on July 12, 1997.

July 12, 1997 - On July 8, 1997, Bob became very ill requiring hospitalization. On his doctors advice, the family canceled plans to attend the reunion held today. It was a bitter disappointment to Bob and his family, but, of course, Bob's health took precedence.

The above episode proved to be non-life-threatening. But, our family is still intriged by our new relationships. Bob and Ottilie intend to travel to South Dakota in the near future.

August 4, 1997 - One day this past week, Bob was contacted by his double cousin, Leonard Gran. Leonard's father and Bob's birth father were brothers. Leonard's mother and Bob's birth mother were sisters. Leonard had known nothing of Bob's existance. His mother, Grace Gran, is elderly and she had not mentioned to him the visit by Jack and Sue Davey when she learned, for the first time about Bob. She also did not tell him of Bob's phone call, his letter or about the reunion on July 12th. Leonard was very disappointed that he missed attending.

  More About MR. ROBERT RICE SEEBER:
Adoption: 1926, NE FOUNDLING HOME, OMAHA, NE
Fact 1: 1926, Birth parents are found under Other Parents
Fact 2: Bet. June 1944 - June 1946, Served from June, 1944 to June, 1946 in the U.S. Navy during WWII
Fact 3: 1926, Birth Mother-Eva Marie Grandsinger- Birth Father - Hilbert Gran
Medical Information: 1997 - an overall healthy man. Rhumatic fever as a youth with no carry over problems. Had two episodes in the 1970s which may have been heart related, but more likely were tress related to tress

  More About ROBERT SEEBER and OTTILIE STAFFORD:
Marriage: June 11, 1948, Denver, CO -University Methodist Church


5. MARY MELISSA4 STAFFORD (JOHN RALPH3, JAMES BALLARD2, RALPH MONROE1) was born February 27, 1910 in Platt County, MO, and died August 06, 1978 in Portland, OR. She married BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CAMPBELL.

Notes for M
ARY MELISSA STAFFORD:
Mary Melissa was always called "Rosie" ot "Rosemary".
     
Children of M
ARY STAFFORD and BENJAMIN CAMPBELL are:
  i.   SHARON5 CAMPBELL.
  ii.   BRUCE CAMPBELL, m. JANICE.


6. MILDRED LAVERNE4 STAFFORD (JOHN RALPH3, JAMES BALLARD2, RALPH MONROE1) was born July 03, 1913 in Platt County, MO, and died November 15, 1973 in Van Nuys, CA. She married JOHN ROBERT WALPOLE October 13, 1933 in St. Joseph, MO, son of WILLIAM WALPOLE and IRENE MCCARTHY. He was born June 09, 1913 in Springfield, So. Dakota, and died August 08, 1994 in Van Nuys, CA.

More About M
ILDRED LAVERNE STAFFORD:
Burial: Forest Lawn, Burbank, CA

More About J
OHN ROBERT WALPOLE:
Burial: Forest Lawn, Burbank, CA
Occupation: Newspaper Display Advertising
Religion: Unity
Residence: Bet. 1939 - 1994, Los Angles/Van Nuys, CA
Residences: Springfield, So. Dakota - to teens -

More About J
OHN WALPOLE and MILDRED STAFFORD:
Marriage: October 13, 1933, St. Joseph, MO
     
Child of M
ILDRED STAFFORD and JOHN WALPOLE is:
  i.   ROBERT STAFFORD5 WALPOLE, b. September 28, 1936, St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO.
  More About ROBERT STAFFORD WALPOLE:
Occupation: Human Rsource Manager
Religion: Christian
Residence: 24018 Highlander Rd., West Hills, CA 91307


7. JOHN RALPH4 STAFFORD (JOHN RALPH3, JAMES BALLARD2, RALPH MONROE1) was born September 26, 1915 in Platt County, MO, and died September 25, 1967 in San Leandro, Alameda Co., CA. He married DORITA A. ANTHONY November 17, 1940 in Sacramento, CA.

More About J
OHN STAFFORD and DORITA ANTHONY:
Marriage: November 17, 1940, Sacramento, CA
     
Children of J
OHN STAFFORD and DORITA ANTHONY are:
  i.   JACK5 STAFFORD.
  ii.   PAUL STAFFORD.


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